Dr. Michael Chegini,
PhD, PE, SE, A.AIA
Chief Executive Officer, Founder and President
In the early 2000s, Dr. Michael Chegini of Owen Group, Inc., an award-winning architectural and engineering and Plan Review service firm based in Los Angeles, California, commonly had forklifts beep their way through the double-door entrance of their offices, bringing in large plan sets by the pallet load from different agencies for compliance review including projects such as the new World Trade Center in New York, Los Angeles Unified School District, San Diego International Airport, Metro Rail Stations, Hospitals, to name a few.
Michael Chegini and his team endeavored to find a better way to manage the plan sets and perform collaborative plan reviews. It was a waste of time, money, space, and paper. After searching and finding that a solution meeting their needs did not exist, Michael Chegini and his team, together with other industry experts including building and planning officials, began the development of software that would allow multiple users to review drawings electronically together, in real-time from multiple locations, over the internet.